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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S vs Huawei P20: How two latest Chinese flagships compete each other?

29 March 2018 5

Two big Chinese giants Huawei and Xiaomi announce their latest flagships on the same day. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S was launched in China whereas Huawei set a launch event in Paris to showcase their latest P20 and P20 Pro. The P20 is the Huawei's standard flagship with slightly smaller display and all goodies of a true flagship phone. Undoubtedly the P20 and Mi Mix 2S are the so far best flagship smartphones announced by Chinese companies which are pretty much capable to challenge the Samsung's and Sony latest flagships. Are these two recently announced devices capable to end the year as one of the best smartphones or not.

We always put new smartphones in comparison to each other to know in detail the key differences amongst them and also to help out our readers which smartphone is better in what aspects. Despite being two latest flagships the P20 and Mi Mix 2S are quite different from each other. We already compared the latest P20 and P20 Pro against a couple of smartphones, now is the perfect time to check out how P20 stands against Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2S.

Both the Mi Mix 2S and P20 are attention grabbers due to their ravishing design, solid hardware and superb camera sensors. So if you are amongst those who are planning to grab a new flagship smartphone they for sure will consider the latest P20 and Mi Mix 2S. Which smartphone is providing better value for your hard-earned money, let's find out.

Price and Availability

The Mi Mix 2S will be initially available for the Chinese customers only which means the global buyers will have to wait longer to purchase the latest flagship phone from Xiaomi. The Mi Mix 2s is currently up for pre-orders in China with a release from April 3. At the moment it is still not confirmed whether Xiaomi will bring Mi Mix 2S to European and other markets or not. This means if you are not living in China and willing to grab Mi Mix 2S, you have to purchase it via e-retailers like GearBest.

For the Chinese customers the Mi Mix 2S base variant features 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, it can be purchased for 3,299 RMB. The standard variant has 6GB RAM with 128GB native storage, it costs 3,599 RMB. Last but not the least the top of the line variant has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The top tier variant costs 3,999 RMB, it supports global LTE bands and also it comes with free wireless charger straight out of the box.

The P20 soon after the announcement is up for pre-orders in the UK and European countries with a release from April 5. For the UK customers, the P20 costs £599 whereas in Europe the device costs €649. Most customers in the UK and European region prefer to have a carrier locked variants, the Mi Mix 2S will be available as an unlocked variant whereas P20 is being offered by O2, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, Three and EE in the UK. If UK buyers pre-order P20 before April 5 they will get a pair of Bose noise canceling headphones free of cost. Although the Mi Mix 2S is a cheaper option it won't be widely available like the P20, that's why the P20 is the winner of this round.

Design

In terms of design, both the devices are different from each other. Xiaomi Mi Mix series is undoubtedly one of the best series from the company designed from scratch with no resemblance from other flagships in the market. Xiaomi did a great job once again with the Mi Mix 2S, they didn't bring any significant changes over the already well-acclaimed design, however, they further refined it to look better.

The Mi Mix 2S chassis is made up of 7000-series aluminum with the ceramic body on the rear side. The edges are smoothly curved so the device easily fits in your palm. Once again the main highlight of Xiaomi's latest Mi Mix 2 is its fully bezel-less design with higher screen-to-body ratio than most of the smartphones in the market. You will not find bezel on top and sides and the only prominent bezel is on the bottom. Though the top doesn't have bezel still it has earpiece and sensors. Xiaomi adopted a special technology to embed the earpiece and sensors in the display. Unlike the predecessors, the new setup call voice quality is pretty much up to the mark.

Unfortunately, the front-facing selfie camera is once again below the display panel like the predecessor, So you have to rotate the device to take selfies. The Mi Mix 2S dimensions are 150.9 x 74.9 x 8.1 mm, and it weighs 191 grams. The Mi Mix 2S will be available in two colors, white with silver finish on camera sensor and the black variant with the 18K gold finish on the rear cameras.

On the other hand, it seems like Huawei designers are inspired by the Apple's last year iPhone X that's why they indulge the notch on the front. Though it is smaller in size certainly not something which most of the critics will appreciate. The P20 despite having full front display features fingerprint scanner on the front whereas the Mi Mix 2S fingerprint scanner is on the rear side.

Both Mi Mix 2S and P20 lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead relied on USB-C slot for charging and headphones audio. The P20 dimensions are 149.1 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm, and it weighs 165 grams. The P20 rear snappers are placed in the top corner and are slightly protruding like the iPhone X.

The P20 takes lead in colors departments as it will be available in black, midnight blue, twilight, pink gold and Champagne Gold. The Mi Mix 2S isn't water and dust resistant whereas the Huawei P20 is IP67 certified.

Display

In display department, the P20 and Mi Mix 2S are not much different from each other. Both the devices come with IPS LCD display, however, the aspect ratio is screen size is different. The Mi Mix 2S sports a 5.99-inches display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18:9 and the pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch. The Huawei P20 comes with an awkward aspect ratio due to notch design. The display is of 5.8-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. The P20 display aspect ratio is 18.7:9 and the pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch.

Hardware

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Huawei P20 are packed with the best possible hardware as being the latest flagships in the market. The Qualcomm's latest Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC is powering the Mi Mix 2S with up to 8GB RAM. The base variant has 6GB DDR4 RAM. The Adreno 630 is on board as GPU. According to Xiaomi, the Mi Mix achieved 277k points on AnTuTu benchmark. To bring support for AR apps, the Mi Mix 2S also supports ARCore.

The P20 is also one of the best performing devices due to the latest with the built-in neural processing unit to better handle AI related tasks. The Mali-G72 is on board as graphics processing unit. It's the same setup we have seen on the last year's Mate 10 as well. The Mi Mix 2S will perform a bit better because of having the latest Qualcomm's SoC and 100% more RAM on the top-tier variant. However the overall speed of both the devices is pretty superb, you won't find any lag no matter which smartphone you opt.

In terms of native storage, the Mi Mix 2S base variant has 64GB storage whereas the top of the line variant has 256GB storage. The P20 will be available only in 128GB variant. The native storage on both the variants isn't further expandable using the MicroSD card.

Specs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Huawei P20
Display 5.99-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1080 x 2244 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Kirin 970
RAM 6/8GB 4GB
Storage 64/128/256GB 128GB
Rear cameras Dual 12MP 12MP+20MP
Front camera 5MP 24MP
Battery 3,400mAh 3,400mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP-ratings none IP67
OS Android Oreo 8.0 with MIUI 9.5 Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.1

Software

As OS the Mi Mix 2S is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0 based MIUI 9.5. The Xiaomi's custom layer is quite thick over the stock version of Android OS, so it's your preference whether you like it or not. The Huawei P20 is the company's first smartphone running on Android Oreo 8.1 based EMUI 8.1. Huawei brought a number of AI features with the latest software which later on will be rolled out for older devices. Huawei's UI was not regarded as a good skin before EMUI 8 as it was full of bloatware. However, with the EMUI 8, the company took a huge jump in UI segment by bringing a clean software with a minimal level of bloatware.

Camera

The camera setup on both the devices is indeed the key focus of both the companies. Xiaomi for the first time introduced dual rear setup for the Mi Mix series, So far they opted single rear cameras for the Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2. As per latest DxOMark overall scores, the Huawei P20 achieves 102 points whereas the latest Mi Mix 2s score is 97 points. This clearly indicates how much dual cameras setup is superb on both the devices. Just for the sake of comparison, the Huawei P20 Pro becomes the number one camera-centric phone with 109 points.

The Mi Mix 2S both rear sensors are Sony IMX363 modules. The primary snapper is a wide-angle 12MP camera with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary 12MP sensor is a telephoto lens. On the other hand, the P20 once again have dual Leica certified cameras. The primary sensor is 12MP RGB Sensor with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 20MP monochrome lens with f/1.6 aperture.

The Mi Mix 2S secondary sensor provides optical zoom up to 2x. The Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2S camera setup comes with 4-axis optical image stabilization whereas Huawei uses AI to bring stabilization to images. Xiaomi uses AI to provide real-time translation, providing AI-powered bokeh effect and currency conversion on the go. Xiaomi brings bokeh effect for the front-facing selfie camera as well using AI.

The front-facing selfie camera on the Mi Mix 2S is a moderate 5MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture whereas the P20 has a 24MP AI camera on the front side. As per DxOMark ratings, the P20 is a winner in the camera department. One thing is confirmed the Mi Mix 2S is also not far behind much.

Battery

The battery cell on both the Mi Mix 2S and Huawei P20 is 3,400mAh. Both the devices can easily last one day on single charge whereas the Mi Mix 2S has a couple of advantages as it doesn't have Always-on display feature and also the Snapdragon chipset is more power efficient. On the other hand, the P20 comes with Always-on display but also its display panel is slightly smaller.

Both the devices support fast charging. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S comes with Qualcomm's Quick Charge as well as 7.5W Wireless charging. The P20 supports the company's own Super Charge tech but unfortunately, it lacks wireless charging feature which Huawei could adopt with the glass rear of P20.

Conclusion:

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Huawei P20 being the latest flagships are not much different from each other but there are few differences where one has edge over the other. The Mi Mix 2S takes lead in design, performance, and pricing whereas the P20 is a solid performer with water and dust resistance capabilities, better camera, and significantly higher pricing.

Although the Mi Mix 2S camera isn't as good as the P20 certainly it won't disappoint in most of the scenarios. Last but not the least the P20 has an upper hand in ready availability in the western markets. Not just that the P20 after sales support will also be better than Mi Mix 2S. Feel free to share your views regarding the Mi Mix 2S vs P20 in the comments section below, Stay tuned.

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